I Need Your Help! I Have Lost All of My Reader


Well guys - I have managed to lose every one of you! My google reader and all my lovely links to my favorite blogs are all gone. Disappeared into the blogiverse - some dark corner of it from which there is no return.

Thanks to my incredible daughter Diane, who took a great deal of her precious time to help me, I now have a brand spanking new google reader - and it is completely empty. We tried to avoid this outcome but it was inevitable.

So, first I wanted all of you to know why you won't be finding comments on your posts for a bit.

And second, I would really appreciate it if you would send me an e-mail with a link to your blog. I am sure in time I will slowly patch about 50% of it all back together on my own, but it will go much faster if you will help me.

No doubt I will lose some of you, but I am so hoping not. I love the people I have met as a result of being a part of this blog community.

Fortunately, I keep a notebook - ANALOGUE notebook - in which I record bloggers names, info about them, their blog names, what they write about, etc. That will be a huge help. But it still will take time. And not everyone is written in it.

The tears have been shed and now I am ready to get to the business of restoring my beautiful reader but it will no doubt take a while and I hope you will understand if you don't see my smiling face visiting your blog right away!

Thank you in advance for your patience. And your help with sending a link to your blog.


Thank you to all of you who have sent me your addresses!  The greatest thing - when I'd had a good night's sleep, I remembered the published comment file on my blog and was able to find most of you I regularly receive comments from so my reader is looking quite beautiful by now!

Also I wanted to explain HOW I LOST MY GOOGLE READER because Diane has just posted a very useful and informative video tutorial on CRAFT to share tricks for organizing your feeds and for creating a bookmark system (tag) and I didn't want my experience to prevent you from following her advice.

Thanks to my daughter and all her efforts to "save" me, we finally figured out that the reason I lost my reader is that I had cancelled my g-mail

My sweetie had set it up for me as a back-up e-mail but since I never ever use it, I cancelled it.  What I didn't know - even though my google reader was originally set up under my regular e-mail address, when we set up the g-mail account, google apparently took it upon themselves to tie the google reader to the g-mail account.  I was not aware of this.  Diane suggested that considering their size, this is probably done to simplify things for them.

So the big thing to take away from this sad story is this, don't cancel your g-mail!  And use all those lovely functions Diane shares on CRAFT.

I did lose some tags. But not many because after using this system for a while, I realized my prodigious bookmark system on my browser works better for me.  (I don't retrain well!)  But for most of you it will work beautifully and you won't need to worry about losing it all because you are not cancelling your g-mail - right!

Creamy Luscious Strawberry Cream Pie


Strawberry Cream Pie! My most favorite way to eat strawberries and yet, can you believe it, I haven't made one in years?

I don't have a clue where I originally found this recipe but it was found a long, long time ago - in the olden days when I would transfer every new recipe I tried and liked to a recipe card and never thought to write down where I found it.

Giveaway Winners for the Christmas Zines


I am so sorry! Can you believe I nearly forgot to post the winners!

The two lucky winners of "A Leftover Christmas" zine:

number 7 and number 8! The Random Number Generator did this! Weird.

Congratulations to April and Arielle.

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their excitement about Kristin's cool little mini holiday zines.

If you were not a lucky winner, you can still order copies right here.

Giveaway to Help You Get an Early Start on Christmas Gift Making


I just think "A Leftover Christmas: one month at a time" is a totally great idea! Hatched by Kristin Roach, the driving force behind Craft Letfovers blog, it is a mini zine designed to help us all get an early start on making gifts for the Winter Holidays.

Like most of us, she admits to suffering through that "Christmas Crunch Time" every year. Hoping to spread her crafty gift making over the year, Kristin is publishing a new zine series, "A Leftover Christmas", and between January and December of this year, she is publishing a monthly mini zine featuring a how-to for making a hand made gift.

The first issue of Kristin's Christmas zine shared how to make bath salts, and issue two contained the instructions and pattern for the cutest little partridge silhouette ornament. Issue three is just now hot off the press and features how to stitch up dish cloths.

Diane has actually gifted me a year's subscription! And so far I love it! Love the idea! Love the projects!


In fact, I am enjoying the series so much, I wrote Kristin and asked it I could giveaway a set of the first three issues. She suggested we give away two sets of issues one, two and three!

So there will be TWO winners drawn!

All you have to do to be a winner is to leave a comment on this post and let me know if you have started making Christmas gifts yet!

The giveaway will end at midnight PST on Saturday, May 28th. I am ending it a little early so that those readers who are not among the lucky winners can still pop over to Kristin's shop and order copies at 33% off - discount is in effect until May 31st.

The giveaway is open to everyone - worldwide!

You will no doubt notice that there are only three issues and it is now May! But you see, Kristin has been much busier than expected with the final production chores associated with her soon to be published new book! And she has moved her studio. I would say she has a good excuse, wouldn't you?

Good luck to all!

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